NOSTRADAMUS, ASTROLOGY AND THE BIBLE
SUBSTUDY "WORLD WAR II"
Information on the Informations-Schriften 
(a national-socialist series of propaganda brochures, Berlin, 1940-1941)
- T.W.M. van Berkel -

Nederlandse versie
 

Description 
The national-socialist propaganda series Informations-Schriften was a series of propaganda brochures, produced and published in 1940-'41by the Deutsche Informationsstelle, a section of the Auswärtige Amt, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who held her office at 27 Rauchstraße, Berlin W35. As far as can be ascertained by the Gesamtverzeichnis des deutschsprachigen Schrifttums 1911-1965 and the online-catalogues of the Deutsche Bibliothek and the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, these series contained 48 volumes, translated in ten languages. The German series was entitled Informations-Schriften. A number of Berlin printers were involved in the production of the volumes, such as Erich Zander Druck- und Verlagshaus, the Deutsche Zentraldruckerei and Rotadruck Wilhelm Meyer KG. Its publisher's name Europa-Verlag was fictitious, as was the mentioning that this company had branches in Berlin, London and Paris. In the translated versions, the series title and the fictitious publisher's name were also translated. The English series for example was entitled "The 20th Century Series", published by "The European Publishers". The Dutch series had two subsequent series titles: Brochures ter Informatie and Informatieboekjes.
The volumes of the Informations-Schriften did not contain the names of the author. Over the years, the names of some could be traced. Some of the authors, such as Häfner, Meyer-Erlach, Nikolajew, Sonolewic and Winsch also wrote other propaganda material. In some cases, it could be traced which previously published material was used. Recently, Ulrich Maichle discovered that volume 38, which dealt with the Centuries and in which 16 quatrains were discussed from a national-socialist perspective, was written by dr. H.-H. Kritzinger, a former astronomer/meteorologist, later astrologer/PSI-scholar.
[1] In World War II, Kritzinger worked as a ballistic expert at the German Ministry of War. Almost from the beginning, he was involved in the production of national-socialist propaganda writings, based upon the Centuries.
In 1940-'41, the main themes of the national-socialist propaganda were hostility against England and England's exclusion of the European continent.
[2] These themes frequently occurred in the Informations-Schriften. In the volumes 18 (Die Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus), 38 (Der Seher von Salon) and 39 (Hungersnot in England?), it was pointed out that England's perspectives were hopeless. In the volumes 5 (Englisches Selbstbildnis), 19 (Dichtung und Wahrheit), 27 (Wie werde ich M.P.? [Member of Parliament]) and 33 (Die Männer um Churchill), the authors made fun of British politicians. In volume 34 (Der Baralong-Fall), the British army was discredited. 
The Informations-Schriften also contained propaganda against other countries and communities. In the volumes 11 (Das Fest von Ambiky) and 12 (24 Kilometer in 60 Jahren) for example, the authors made fun of the French colonization policy. Agitation against the Jews can be traced in a.o. the volumes 20 (Juden in England) and 25 (Die Sassoons). Agitation against bolshevism can be traced in volume 46 (Die Stimme des Bolschewismus). 
A number of volumes were based upon material which was published previously. Volume 4 for example (Opium in Indien) was originally published as volume 3 in the series England ohne Maske, a series, produced in several languages and published by the Deutsche Informationsstelle. In that series, Opium in Indien was entitled Englands Herrschaft in Indien. Volume 6 (Vier Millionen suchen eine Wohnung) was based upon Conquest's The naked truth (London, 1933). Volume 16 (England und das europäischen Festland) is was based upon Scarfoglio's L'Inghilterra e il continente (Rome, 1938). Volume 45 (Zwiegespräch mit der GPU) was based upon Rachmanova's Die Fabrik der neuen Menschen (1936).
The Informations-Schriften were meant to be spread abroad, especially among prisoners in German prisoner's camps.[3]
The volumes 18 (Die Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus) and 38 (Der Seher von Salon) dealt with the Centuries. In these volumes, England's decline was announced.
In France, volume 18 was not only published as a part of the series Information Universelle, but also as an independent, slightly edited brochure, entitled Les prophéties de Nostradamus, printed by F. Beroud, 25 Rue Michel-le-Comte, Paris-8.
[4]

 

Tables [5]

1. Titles German series Informations-Schriften 

Year

#

Title

Author

Source

1940 1.

Lob des Krieges 

   
1940 2.

Französen über England

   
1940 3.

Irland in der englischen Hölle

Meyer-Erlach, W.

Ist Gott Englander? (Freiburg in Breisgau, 1940)

1940 4.

Opium in Indien

Frank, R.

Englands Herrschaft in Indien, volume 3 in the series England ohne Maske (Berlin, 1940)

1940 5.

Englisches Selbstbildnis

   
1940 6.

Vier Millionen suchen eine Wohnung

Conquest, J.

The naked truth (London, 1933)

1940 7.

Freie Bahn dem Tüchtigen!

   
1940 8.

Wo liegt die Zukunft?

   
1940 9.

Marokko

   
1940 10.

Das Grab der Kabylen

 

Translation of: L'Afrique Française, l'Empire de Maroc et les déserts de Sahara

1940 11.

Das Fest von Ambiky

   
1940 12.

24 Kilometer in 60 Jahren

   
1940 13.

Fuchsjagd oder Brot?

   
1940 14.

Kautschuk am Kongo

   
1940 15.

Politik und Religion

   
1940 16.

England und das europäischen Festland

Scarfoglio, C.

From: L'Inghilterra e il continente (Rome, 1938)

1940 17.

Schüsse in El Abid

Vivanti, A.

Mea Culpa (Stuttgart, 1940)

1940 18.

Die Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus

  A.o. Nostradamus sieht die Zukunft Europas (Krafft-1940c); Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? (Den Haag, 1940_
1940 19.

Dichtung und Wahrheit

   
1940 20.

Juden in England

   
1940 21.

Zweierlei Recht

Strickland, W.W., sir

British justice and honesty (1913)

1940 22.

Kriegsgefangen in Frankreich

   
1940 23.

Worum geht es in diesem Krieg?

   
1940 24.

Was ist Belize?

   
1940 25.

Die Sassoons

Winsch, G.

From: Das 20. Jahrhundert (May 1940)

1940 26.

Englands siebenfache Schuld

   
1940 27.

Wie werde ich M.P.?

   
1940 28.

Die Memoiren des Mr. Gree

   
1940 29.

Schwarzes Elfenbein

   
1940 30.

Brief an John

Ibrügger, F.

Briefe an John (1940)

1940 31.

Wass ist denn nun eigentlich Demokratie?

Ibrügger, F.

Briefe an John (1940)

1940 32.

Ein Jude spricht

Ravage, M.E.

 
1940 33.

Die Männer um Churchill

   
1940 34.

Der Baralong-Fall

Curran, J.J. From: Crompton, I: Englands Verbrechen an U 41 (Gütersloh, 1940)
1940 35.

Die britischen Seedoggen

   
1940 36.

Europa, so oder so?

   
1940 37.

Englands Kriegsziele

Ibrügger, F. Briefe an John (1940)
1941 38.

Der Seher von Salon

Kritzinger, H.H., dr. Mysterien von Sonne und Seele (Berlin, 1922); Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? (The Hague, 1940)
1941 39.

Hungersnot in England?

Häfner, O.P.

Das Reich (Berlin, 1941-01-25)

1941 40.

Der Sohn des Kulaken

Nikolajew, P.

Bauern unter Hammer und Sichel (Berlin, 1936)

1941 41.

Die Blutschuld von Azizia

   
1941 42.

Arbeiterwohnungen in England und Deutschland

   
1941 43.

Hungerkrieg gegen Europa?

   
1941 44.

Kinder in Waffen

Solonevic, B.L.

Molodez' i GPU (Sofia, 1937)

1941 45.

Zwiegespräch mit der GPU

Rachmanova, A.

Die Fabrik des neuen Menschen (1936)

1941 46.

Die Stimme des Bolschewismus

   
1941   Kamerad Luge    
1941   Vom "kurzen" und vom "langen" Rubel    
1941   Das englische Weltreich im Krieg    

 

2. Editions of the series Informations-Schriften

Language

Title of the series

Fictitious publisher's name

Bulgarian

Informacionna biblioteka

Knigoizd Evropa

Danish

Informationsskrifter

Europa-Forlaget

Dutch

Brochures ter informatie / Informatieboekjes

Europa-Uitgeverij

English

The 20th Century Series

The European Publishers

French (Belgium)

?

Maison internationale d'edition

French (France)

Information universelle

Editions Européennes

German

Informations-Schriften

Europa-Verlag

Hungarian

Tájékoztató fuzetek

Európa-Kiadóvállalat

Portuguese

Serviço de Informaçóes / Publicaçoés Informativas

?

Romanian

Colectia informativa

?

Spanish

Folletos de información

Sociedade Editora Europa

Swedish

Informationsbroschyr

?

 

 

 

De Meern, the Netherlands, March 11, 2006
T.W.M. van Berkel
updated on October 2, 2006

 

Notes
The titles, places and year of issue of the mentioned authors are listed in the bibliography.

  1. Maichle to Van Berkel, August 6, 2005 and February 27, 2006. [text

  2. Zeman, p.165. [text]

  3. Maichle to Van Berkel, February 27, 2006. [text]

  4. See: Van Berkel: Les prophéties de Nostradamus (F. Beroud, printer, Paris, 1940). [text]

  5. Tables  -1- and -2- are mostly compiled with data from the Gesamtverzeichnis des deutschsprachigen Schrifttums 1911-1965 and the online-catalogues of the Deutsche Bibliothek and the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. [text]

 
 

 
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